The Warriors discuss game strategy in a recent contest. South Winn has won its last two contests to move to 8-1 in the Upper Iowa Conference. (Photo by Becky Walz)
The Warriors discuss game strategy in a recent contest. South Winn has won its last two contests to move to 8-1 in the Upper Iowa Conference. (Photo by Becky Walz)

With a shot at first place in the conference, the South Winn boys’ basketball (8-3, 8-1 UIC) picked up two more wins, defeating Kee Tuesday night and Central Elkader Friday, Jan. 4. The Warriors are currently tied with North Fayette Valley for first in the league.


On the road

South Winn took the lead from Kee (2-8, 1-7 UIC) early, never giving the Hawks a chance to compete for the win as it claimed a 69-44 road win Tuesday night in Lansing.

“I am very pleased with our performance against a well-improved Kee High team,” said Coach Blake Moen. “We played aggressive defense which led to countless transition points on the other end. Our guys continue to improve and let our defense win us these big conference games.”

Paving the way was Levi Lukes with 23 points and four rebounds. Cole Klimesh and Jacob Herold chipped in nine points each. Klimesh notched a team-high 10 rebounds while Herold handed out three assists. Jaron Todd and Collin Wiltgen added six points and four rebounds apiece to the stat book.

From Friday

Friday night, the Warriors were on the road, besting Central Elkader (1-12, 1-7 UIC), 69-34.

Sprinting out to an 18-5 first quarter lead, South Winn never let off the gas to go ahead 42-17 by halftime. The Warriors outscored the home team 27-17 in the second half to claim the win easily.

Four Warriors were in double digits. Jacob Herald led the Warriors with 16 points. Levi Lukes was a close second with 13 points. Cole Klimesh contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds. With 10 points and eight boards it was sophomore Collin Wiltgen. 

“From start to finish this was our best game of the season so far. We executed our game plan, played great defense, shot the ball well, played very aggressive and played well in a tough place to play,” said Moen. “What was even more pleasing to see was how we responded after a tough loss the night before to Decorah.”

 

In the near future

Thursday, Jan. 10, South Winn heads to Sumner-Fredericksburg for a non-conference contest and ends the week at MFL MarMac Friday, Jan. 11, for another UIC matchup. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m.